• Genomics – The future of personalised healthcare
    Despite the advancements of genetic medicine in Western countries, the Asian population has yet to fully utilise the technology due to inherent genetic differences. It was not until 2014 when Macau’s first genomic database was first established. Such milestone has also sparked the development of genetic tests and gene-targeting therapy.
  • News Bites: Mussel secretion could prevent scars in wound healing, Orlando doctor injects herpes to fight skin cancer
    This week, an Ebola outbreak in DRC has prompted the WHO to prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine in an attempt to fight the outbreak. Researchers from Stanford University on the other hand, have developed a drug delivery tool that could administer personalised dosages of medicines, while a pair of Australian entrepreneurs have developed a "Tinder-style" app Baby to "bring people together solely based on their desire to make a baby."
  • 4 new technologies in medical bioengineering
    In keeping with the times, technological advancements play a vital role in the future of medicine. Various machineries and applications are constantly being developed to tackle everyday clinical problems.
  • Viral fingerprinting to combat deadly viruses
    The human virome was discovered to leave an “indelible footprint on the immune system”. Research has shown that these antibodies will remain in the host years after the initial acute infection and constitute a pattern very much like our fingerprints.
  • The converging lines between tech giants and healthcare
    Tech giants such as Apple and Google are developing cutting edge technology to break into healthcare, for example, a non-invasive glucose monitoring device to help diabetic patients.
  • First trace-back of a tumour unveils how cancer spreads
    A recent study done by the Institute of Cancer Research UK looked at the development of a tumour in a patient after a biopsy had a rare side effect - it left behind a trail of cells from the tumour as doctors withdrew the needle. The researchers suggest that studies like these and the tools they use will be critical in the future management of cancer.
  • 'WanaCrypt0r 2.0' attacks NHS hospitals, causing national emergency
    Since 12 May, the world has witnessed a cyberattack by a malicious software that has crippled computer systems across the globe. It has affected many individuals and small businesses, as well as hospitals across England.
  • Science Bites: Common antibiotics linked to increased risk of miscarriage, Smoking during pregnancy tied to autism in granddaughters
    Study findings have discovered an association between five common classes of antibiotics and an increased risk of spontaneous abortion in early stages of pregnancy. Meanwhile, researchers suggest that a carefully timed pregnancy may prevent miscarriage.
  • HKU invents new laser technology that enables cancer to be diagnosed earlier
    In April 2017, Dr Kevin Tsia, Associate Professor in Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and his research team invented an innovative laser imaging technology, producing promising results to reduce cancer diagnosis duration from approximately one week to only two minutes.
  • 4 innovative medical devices by budding young scientists
    Four young scientists have shown the world new hope with their medical innovations that bring more possibilities for the future of medicine and lead to more advanced medical development.